Friday, 19 April 2024 - 12.02 am

Rising Sports Participation But Football Could Do More


Grassroots participation in sport is back to levels recorded immediately after London 2012 but funding body Sport England has told the Football Association it needs to do more to promote the game.

Three-quarters of the improvement comes more women getting more active, with running continuing to do well and team sports such as cricket, netball and rugby union also returning to growth.

Football, enjoyed by an estimated 1.9m people each week, records a largely flat trend in the latest figures – but it has lost 150,000 regular players since 2005.  ‘We are encouraged by the figures’ commented Pete Ackerley, the FA’s head of participation and development.

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